HELP FROM THE LORD
by Wayne S. Walker
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2). The familiar King James Version, though having practically the same wording, punctuates these verses a little differently. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Either way, the basic thought is the same. We should seek help from the Lord.
When we are young, we are usually filled with hope and expectation for the future. Sadly, reality is often far different from our expectations. Sometimes we develop health problems that make life difficult. As we grow older, our loved ones also grow older, possibly becoming ill and needing our care, and ultimately passing on and leaving a void in our hearts. Perhaps a child whom we love so much and have tried our best to bring up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord makes some wrong choices and turns against us, bringing us disappointment and heartache. Then, when we are trying to deal with all that, we might lose our job or face some other kind of financial crisis, especially when tough economic times come. On top of all that, our friends and even brethren on whom we depend for help and encouragement in our problems can often be less than helpful and at times downright discouraging.
When such things happen, it seems as if trials and tribulations just keep piling one on top of another. Where can we go for help? Edmund S. Lorenz wrote, “The cares of life come thronging fast, Upon my soul their shadow cast; Their gloom reminds my heart at last, Thou thinkest, Lord, of me.” The Psalmist reminds us that no matter what happens in this life, our help comes from the Lord. Since the hills are up, lifting up our eyes to the hills symbolizes looking to the Lord who made heaven and earth. “The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore” (Psalm 121:8).